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Obituaries and Death Notices

John Henry Wilfred Gatewood

John Henry Wilfred Gatewood, youngest son of William Andrew and Lillie I. Gatewood, born at Flora, Ill. born February 10, 1906, departed this life October 23, 1924 at the age of 18 years, 8 months and 13 days.
He was a tender hearted and loving son and brother, always jolly and helping those that were in need, never thinking of self but of mother, father, sisters and brothers and all friends and trying to be a help to all. He passed on in the prime of his young manhood.
To know him was to love him. He was loved by all his friends and neighbors and had a cheery word for all.
He was called to meet his Maker through an accident at Hammond, Ind. He and his three brothers, Wm. Lawrence and Allen had employment at Hammond for the past two years and had made that their home.
‘Twas while doing his duty that God saw fit to call him home. He leaves to mourn his departure, father, mother, three brothers, William, Lawrence and Allen, three sisters, Mrs. M. G. Hoard, Mrs. Henry Hall and Miss Marie Gatewood, one niece, four nephews, two brothers in law and one sister-in-law.
A loved one from us is gone,
His place will be vacant still
But on that shining shore beyond
He awaits his loved ones there.
[Source: Flora Journal Record Nov. 6, 1924 Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter]

Harold Cicero Galaspy
Harold Cicero Galaspy, 10-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Henry Galaspy died at their home in Flora Monday. Cause of death, cholera infantum. Funeral services were held from the United Brethren church Tuesday Oct. 9, at 2:00 p. m. Interment in Elmwood cemetery.
[Source: Flora Journal Record (11 October 1923). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Glen Gill
A sad accident occurred in the East St. Louis railroad yard Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1920, when Glen Gill, son of Frank Gill, was fatally injured. He was crushed in trying to make a coupling, the car ran up on his leg and while it did not cut it off it crushed a piece out and injured the large artery of the leg. He was in a state of shock most all the time until his death which occurred Wednesday morning, January 5, 1921 about 3:30 o’clock, at St. Mary’s hospital, East St. Louis.
Glen was a fine young man, about twenty-four years old and was highly respected by his employers and his many friends. He was a resident of Flora for years and was a nephew of Mrs. Margaret Miller and A. C. Gill, of this city.
The deceased leaves a wife, who became his bride a year ago. His brother, Leslie Gill, was killed in battle during the world war and was buried in France.
Funeral services will be held from the family home in East St. Louis Friday afternoon. Interment will be in East St. Louis cemetery.
Miss Mildred Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gill, Rex Gill, Mrs. G. A. Hamer, R. O. and Earl Dykins, of this city; Mrs. Geo. Godwin, of Washington, Ind., relatives and friends of the deceased, will attend the obsequies.
Source: Flora Journal Record (6 January 1920). Transcribed by Angelia Carpenter.]

Gerry Grogan
Gerry Grogan, 84, of Flora, IL died at 6:25 PM Thursday, June 24, 2010, at Flora Rehab & Health Care Center in Flora. She was born May 4, 1926 in Iola, IL to Robert & Hattie (Burgess) Elkin. She married Jack Grogan on December 23, 1944 in Piggott, AR. He preceded her in death on January 25, 2001. She operated Gerry's Beauty Shop on West 3rd St. in Flora for 30 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Flora where her great-grandfather, I.H. Elkin, was one of the founding fathers of the church. Gerry enjoyed gardening, planting flowers, and water skiing.
She is survived by her son: Bob Grogan & wife Becky of Weatherford, TX; daughter: Gerry Todd of Evansville, IN; granddaughter: Carol Todd of Flora; grandson: Brian Grogan & wife Cristal of Rota, Spain; 1 sister: Shirley Elkin of Decatur. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 1 sister (Eileen Hayden).
Funeral services will be held at 3 PM Tuesday (June 29, 2010) at Frank & Bright Funeral Home with Rev. Jay Keele officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Flora. Visitation will be from 2 PM until time of service on Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church.
[Source: Clay County Advocate Press]



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